Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore East on 1968-06-14
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--This is a pretty good, if somewhat oversaturated audience recording for the era. According to deadlists, it is possible songs are missing from before the Feedback->Eleven or from in between Stephen and Alligator.
--a couple beats are cut off of the beginning of Alligator
--Sound Forge was used to fix a couple sector boundary errors, correct the pitch, and remove a an overlap (presumably from a generational cassette flip) during Caution
Part of The Music Never Stopped Project 2003
Thanks to Dave Litfin
edits/encoding by JCotsman
- 2004-06-25 15:48:58
- AUD > MC > R > R > PCM > CD > EAC > SHN
- New York, NY
- Transferred by
- Dave Litfin and J Cotsman
- Fillmore East
Subject: The audience tape archetype of incendiary ‘68 insanity.
Unlistenable for some, irresistible for others, this is one hour of gourmet psychedelic primal dead.
Subject: Essay about this show by Ben Dyment
Subject: The missing link
Subject: Dipped In Delysid
In your face, primal '68 Dead serving a very tasty Feedback sandwich.
What'd the dormouse say?
Subject: The show
Subject: Feedback opener
The Jeff Beck group was on before the Dead and they blew the doors off the place. We're talking about Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Nicky Hopkins, Ron Wood, and Ansley Dunbar on drums. The band was tight, powerful, and played an outstanding 2-½ hour set, including an incredible version of Morning Dew. The band was so good they were written up in either Time or Newsweek because of their performance and were being compared to Rolling Stones by at least one of the critics.
The Dead opened with very weird and wild Feedback and then settled into a jam which was so different from what the previous group played that it didn't invite any comparisons. In fact, it was hard to believe it came from the same universe. I remember how blown away I was, having never seen them before and how weird it was. The stage seemed kind of dark and grungy, like a scene out of "Wharf Rat" or something. Other than the feedback, I don't remember much about the specifics of the Dead's show. Now, it's all floating visions of the band, the audience, the light show and bits of songs, Alligator, St. Stephen, Lovelights. I’d never heard any of these songs before so it was all new to me.
At that time, the music seemed so wild, strange and energetic to me, and probably also to the scores of people who left the theatre during the set because the music was so weird. Listening to it now, even after seeing the Dead numerous times and hearing hundreds of recordings, I realize it really was as wild and unbridled as I remember. In fact, it is considered to be one of the wildest shows the Dead ever put on (see Deadlists description). I didn't realize how unique that first show was until I started going to more shows. Then I started thinking, wow, that first show really was pretty crazy.
What I remember most was the way they looked. Just coming back form a year and a half stationed in Germany, I had heard about the San Francisco scene and I had some albums, but seeing Garcia in full Captain Trips garb, Weir with that long, long hair he used to have, Lesh with his little round hippie sunglasses, the two drummers, and 'Pig' looking like some biker dude who just dropped in to jam with the hippies, this was San Francisco to me. It all made for or an outstanding evening and helped to make me a lifelong Deadhead (and move to SF within a couple of years). Since the second show didn't start until midnight, it was nearly dawn when it finally ended. It was truly a memorable night. But then again, that' true for most people's first Dead show.
Subject: PRIMAL ----*-------*-------*
Subject: The Eleven
Subject: In response to GratefulBill's Feedback Opener Question
I did compare the SBD 30:07 long version of Caution to what was on this aud. tape and found the following:
The SBD includes approximately the last 20 seconds of Lovelight, the full 24:28 of Caution, the 4:00 of Feedback and approximately 50 seconds of additional crowd noise, Bob thanking the crowd, Phil saying good night and Bill Graham introducing the band members including Bill Summers aka Kreutzmann.
So I'm thinking the show did open with Feedback or it was at least not tied to the last Caution/Feedback.
Btw, just love this Caution/Feedback. A definite highlight in a show that is just one big highlight!!!!!
Subject: I agree Avacado....
Subject: Feedback opener?
Thanks and Grateful Blessings to all. My first show was one night of either5/31 or 6/1/1968. They opened with Mornin' Dew.
Subject: Early St. Stephen
Sounds like they hadn’t worked it all out yet. It’s interesting to hear.
Interesting that this set starts and ends with feedback. Kind of a feedback sandwich. The feedback>Eleven>St. Stephen is a rare combination.
Alligator transitioning into Lovelight is also unusual. The Alligators is good, but it’s not an exceptional Lovelight, though, as it gets stuck in the middle.
Caution is great. The ending feedback seems to have form and structure, with a beginning and conclusion: a musical composition.
The audio is pretty bad terrible. Vocals are barely audible, with a lot of clipping.
Show 4, recording 1.
Check out the shows from February and March ’68 for excellent shows and audio.
Subject: A Special place in my heart
I can't imagine how many destinies this little show changed.
Subject: caution...do not step..
Subject: Run-of-the-mill 68
This is an AUD, but the energy still comes through. The sound is pretty good considering it's an old AUD.
Subject: sound is for real
here and there----
forget it.....damn good sound...!!!
i'll listen to these again,thanks--
Subject: Light chestedness
It's very sad to know that that kind of inspiration is going to be gone in 20-40years.
THEY don't make people like that anymore.
Isn't it understandable that the piper of the
jamming at the end of St.Stephen would've died of a heart attack?
Again, they don't make people like that anymore.
Well, somewhat at least...the bonus CD included with the Live Dead Boxed Set (as well as orders from gdstore of the 3-CD compilation from the Fillmore '69 shows) begins with a metal-melting "Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)" that is cryptically labelled as being from "6/68" with no further information. Given that the CD purports to be comprised exclusively of material taken from Carousel Ballroom and Fillmore West shows between '68-'70 (and given that June '68 is a notorious gap in our recorded record of the GD) you'd be forgiven for thinking this comes a previously unknown show - after all, Deadlists shows a series of shows from the Carousel at the beginning of June.
It doesn't! It actually comes from this classic 6/14/68 Fillmore East show, something that was instantly apparent to me (it fades in as Jerry is bringing the band out of "Lovelight"). And it sounds absolutely FANTASTIC in remastered, crystal-clear SBD.
Unfortunately, according to David Lemieux it is the only fragment of the show that exists on the tape - the rest has been wiped. Heartbreaking, really, that the rest of this seems to have been permanently lost to SBD, but if you want to hear the great "Caution" > "Feedback" sequence from this most classic of Primal shows, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy of that bonus disc.
As for this AUD, I've reviewed it once already, and my five stars remains five stars now.
Subject: Hello NY..welcome to our world!
Subject: WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE.
This is truely one show which should not be judged or rated by the quality of the recording.
Which actually is not bad at all by '68 audience recording standards...in fact IMHO, its actually quite good, considering the one element that is key is the loudness of jerry , which there is an abundance of.
Anybody with an "old school" ear should be able to listen easily, and appreciate the insanity of this performance.
First Fillmore East show!?!...68!?!...Feedback opener and closer!?!...20 min. caution!?!--w/ pigs ripping harp all in the mix!?!
----are you f--ing kidding me?!?!?!
i could write a novel about the raw power and energy channeled by the boys in this show.
jerry is literally unconscious and on another plane of existance the whole time.
Hands down the hottest prolonged section of playing that i've ever heard.
Front to Back , this is sickness. plain and simple.
If I were the guy that recorded this (-god bless his soul!) i might of been AFRAID to even listen to this afterwards from fear of melting from looking upon the arc of the covenant or something like that. I might of just buried it in a steel box w/ a label, saying -"don't open until after the Rapture".
Don't touch, -you will get Burned!
Subject: Acid grunge Dead--not for the timid!
Subject: Best '68 show?!
Although the performances and setlist are both top-notch, the sound quality is positively abysmal. The drums and Bobby are almost inaudable, Phil barely audible, and the vocals buried. Jerry is the only member that can be heard relatively clearly. But hey it was 1968, and live recording technology was primitive.
But listen to this several times and it grows on you. 'Nuff said.
This show is IMHO the best of 68, and in the top 5 pre 70 shows i own. I wasnt aware of the fact that the Jeff Beck Band opened the show, thanks for that info, does anyone know where I can find the Jeff Beck band set? Or if it even exists in circulation.
show gets a 5
quality gets a 3
overall a 4 (which is hard to get in my book, this is REALLY a good one kids, so go get it)
Darkstr56 (wka/the Darkest Star of all)
Subject: welcome to the Fillmore East
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